Complete Campsite Exodus 9: Video Review
The Exodus 9 is Complete Campsite’s new hard-top camper, the affordable baby of the brand’s acclaimed hybrid range.
Coming in at $55,950 as standard, Complete Campsite has stripped the bells and whistles from the Exodus 9 in order to also strip away the price tag. What you get is a tough unit on equal footing with its bigger siblings when it comes to build quality and offroad ability; a unit to which you can tick options boxes if and when the budget allows.
Targeted squarely at touring couples but appropriate for a much broader market, the bambino of the Exodus range is a hybrid worth considering.
Design & construction
The chassis is RHS hot-dipped galvanised 75x50x5mm steel sitting on Vehicle Components’ Cruisemaster independent trailing arm coil suspension with dual shocks. It rolls on 17in six stud steel rims with 265/75 R17 offroad tyres, pulled up by 12in electric brakes. There’s a spare wheel mounted high and dry on the underside of the camper, which lowers with the help of a boat winch from the drawbar.
Up front is pretty much the offroad industry standard these days: the Vehicle Components DO35 hitch. Also at the drawbar you’ll find a ratchet jockey wheel, two 22L jerry cans supplied plus housing for a third, two 4.5kg gas cylinders as standard and a front toolbox, which contains the optional fridge slide.
The kitchen is protected by a Fiamma fold-out awning as standard, which can be fully enclosed via optional awning walls should you require. You can option on what Complete Campsite calls its "rear pod": a hard fibreglass shell which completely encloses the rear cabin door during transit, hinging upward to create an instantaneous rear awning. On the larger Exodus models this pod becomes the roof of the ensuite, while the cabin door is on the side of the camper. On this smaller model, the optional ensuite tent comes off the driver’s side of the pod (if optioned) or the body of the camper itself. This pod also serves as additional dust-proofing for the rear door, although Complete Campsite assures me it is dust-proof with or without the pod.
While on the subject of the ensuite, the Exodus 9 comes complete with a 120L water tank, plus the aforementioned twin jerries adding 44L combined. It utilises the same water system as the larger models, allowing for an external draw with the option to bypass the water tank. That means if you’re camped somewhere with nice clean creek or river water, such as we found in Kosciuszko NP, you can use it for showering and washing and save your reserves for drinking and cooking water.
On the standard package, electronics are kept to a minimum to keep the price down. You get one 105Ah AGM deep-cycle battery, a 12V water pump to supply the kitchen and front drawbar tap, and lighting in all the right places inside and out, as well as in the cabinetry. Added on to the camper on test was a second 105Ah battery, twin 120W roof-mounted solar panels plus a Redarc BMS monitoring system keeping it all in check. It also had a diesel hot water service and cabin heater thrown in for good measure, meaning hot water plumbed to the kitchen and the optional ensuite.
Hits & Misses
- Little package, big attitude
- Absurdly easy set-up
- Very high build quality
I would’ve liked
- Fridge slide as standard
COMPLETE CAMPSITE EXODUS 9
- Tare 1350kg
- ATM 2000kg
- Suspension Vehicle Components Cruisemaster independent trailing arm coil suspension with dual shocks
- Brakes 12in electric offroad
- Coupling DO35
- Chassis 75x50x5mm RHS hot-dipped galvanised
- Drawbar 100x50x3mm RHS hot-dipped galvanised
- Body Fully-moulded fibreglass
- Wheel/tyre 17in 6 stud steel rims with 265/75 R17 offroad tyres
- Style Hybrid
- Box size 1830x2750x1480mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4750mm
- Tent size N/A
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 120L internal water tank plus 2 X 22L jerry cans
- Cooktop Three-burner stainless steel Smev stove
- Kitchen External stainless steel slide-out and swing-out
- Battery 2x105Ah
Check out the full feature in issue #89 June 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.